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Answer The Call Hosts 32nd Annual Gala To Honor Fallen NYC First Responders And Their Families

Attendees included former NY Met Rusty Staub, former NY Ranger Mark Messier, Actor Vincent Piazza and commissioners from the NYPD, FDNY and PAPD.

Press Release – NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 1, 2017)—Answer the Call: the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund (ATC) hosted its 32nd Annual Gala to honor fallen New York City first responders and their families at Cipriani Wall Street. The event included a NYPD, FDNY & Port Authority Police Department Pipe and Drums procession that led guests from a cocktail reception at the Wall Street Atrium into Cipriani’s ballroom for a dinner ceremony.

This event brought together New York City’s philanthropic community, the widows and families that the organization supports, and the first responders that protect New York City. The Annual Gala is Answer the Call’s largest fundraising event of the year. The event raised $2.5 million to allow the organization to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the families of fallen heroes.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and our guests who help Answer the Call fulfill its important mission, and we are forever indebted to all our first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty” said Lauren Profeta, Executive Director of ATC “The outpouring of support tonight shows the families we serve that their spouse or parent’s selflessness and heroism are not forgotten.”

The event honored Scott A. Carmilani, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG. He received his award from Answer the Call’s President, Philip V. Moyles, Jr., the Managing Principal and CEO of Vanbridge LLC.

Notable attendees included Founder and former NY Met Daniel “Rusty” Staub, Vice President and Former NY Ranger Mark Messier, “Boardwalk Empire” and “Jersey Boys” Actor Vincent Piazza and leadership from the NYPD, FDNY and the PAPD .

About Answer the Call: the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund

Since Answer the Call was founded in 1985 by Former NY Met Daniel “Rusty” Staub, the organization has distributed over $135 million directly to the families of those who lost a loved one in the line of duty. It is the only nonprofit organization that provides immediate and ongoing financial assistance to the families of NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD heroes killed in the line of duty. Answer the Call’s goal is to provide meaningful support for the rest of a widow or widower’s life. In 2017 alone, they will help nearly 600 families and distribute over $4 million. To learn more, visit www.answerthecall.org.


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